The Alternative Break and Service Learning trips give students the opportunity to embark to domestic and international destinations, engage in community service, and gain an understanding of pertinent social issues through experiential learning.

Colgate students at Pathfinder VIllage

The Alternative Break Program gives students the opportunity to embark to domestic and international destinations to engage in community service and deepen their understanding of pertinent social issues through interaction, collaboration, and experiential learning. The COVE strives to train students as leaders and advocates for social change. Students are encouraged to take an active role in initiating and planning trips.

2019–20 alternative break opportunities will be announced in fall 2019.

Women prepare a meal in Otavalo, Ecuador

Service Learning Trip to Ecuador

Sponsored by the COVE and the Center for International Programs, this service learning trip to the indigenous Andean municipality of Otavalo, Ecuador, and surrounding countryside makes front and center the question of how communities might build autonomous bases that are resilient and impervious to the interventions of the state and private capital. In addition, participants in this trip look critically at such concepts as "service learning" and "voluntourism" and ask what the explicit and implicit objectives, costs, and benefits of such trips are.  

Participants meet approximately five times throughout the semester to discuss the above questions and to prepare themselves intellectually and emotionally for the trip. Conversational Spanish is a desired prerequisite for participating.

Colgate students in New York City on an immersion trip

Non-Profit Immersion Trip

The COVE, Center for Career Services, and the Common Good Professional Network will host a two-day, non-profit immersion trip to New York City in January 2020. 

The trip will provide an overview of the non-profit sector. Through site visits, alumni career stories, and networking opportunities, participants will learn about career options within the field, see different offices and organizational cultures from the inside-out, and network with alumni.